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Historic US gold coin fetches $5.8m at auction

Published on Jan 11, 2014 8:27 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two antique American gold coins sold for more than US$7.8 million(S$9.9 million) when they went under the hammer in Florida, auction organisers confirmed on Friday.

The first gold coin ever made for the United States - a "Brasher Doubloon" struck in 1787 by a neighbour of George Washington - fetched US$4,582,500, Heritage Auctions said.

A nickel made at the Philadelphia Mint in 1913 that was once featured in an episode of the 1970s television show Hawaii Five-O raised US$3.3 million.

The coins were sold as part of a sale that has generated more than US$55 million so far, Heritage Auctions said.

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